When Words Fail

Adria_Sue_Bottleworks2Labyrinths help when words fail. This year’s election chaos and numbing November leave many dispirited.  So, the opportunities to walk a labyrinth seem to help folks ground, center and keep breathing – ease, grace, joy, empowerment.

How gratifying when I have offered a walk to have people respond positively. A balmy day at Regis Middle School labyrinth with a friend grieving her spouse’s death; reflection on All Saints’ Day followed by All Souls’ Day at The Laughing Labyrinth; peacefulness amid uncertainty at The Gathering of labyrinth walkers at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, TX; personal walks at the Wesley Center ed_wesleycntr_lab_woodwardlain Woodworth, LA and Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston, LA; and “Tertium Quid: A Third Way Walk” at Bottleworks in New Bo area in Cedar Rapids. Then, back home at the 1080 Laughing Labyrinth.

ed_dousingrodsWhile words were few, the energy measured was palpable and positive.  The dowsing rod consistently swung uncertainly before walks, pointing occasionally to the only energy it knew – me. Then, after the walks the revolutions were assured, quick and many.  From a lazy 19 revolutions to close to 300 revolutions in Houston after we walked the Chartres Replica canvas labyrinth that Lisa Gidlow Moriarty made and actually used in Chartres to a hesitant nine at New Bo labyrinth to 101 energized revolutions.  While I do not understand the energy or how this all works, I know it works!

So, I invite you all to download an image or three of labyrinths and virtually walk them when you feel stressed or uncertain.  When you are calm and peaceful, that works, too!  Or go to The Labyrinth Locator, enter your location and walk a labyrinth. Veriditas is an excellent source of labyrinth information as is Labyrinthos. One of the most fun labyrinth walks is the Appleton Dance done on the Classical, 7-circuit labyrinth.

Go. Enjoy. Center. Calm. Be of peace and goodwill as we navigate these times approaching the winter solstice.


About marionpatterson

From the Heartland: Marion is a master educator, writer, Veriditas Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of the Veriditas Council, creator and workshop promoter, and environmental educator. A Holy Fire II Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries Certified Practitioner (HTSM-CP), Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner she seeks to connect with others in their knowledge and spiritual quests. She leads Healing Talking Circles using the principles embraced by indigenous populations and in Restorative Justice Circles. She and her husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways LLC and live in Eastern Iowa. "Encouraging people to create wondrous yards." Go outside and Play!
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